2015 UPDATE: Bele Chere is no longer held in downtown Asheville
Bele Chere in downtown Asheville (July 27-29, 2012) is the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast. Bele Chere means “beautiful living” and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect. Bele Chere offers the unique opportunity to see, taste and hear some of the region’s finest art, cuisine and music.
Arts and crafts vendors travel from all over the country to set up shop in the streets of Asheville with metalwork, fabric, paint, ceramics, woodwork and a variety of other mediums. Bele Chere will offer two food courts, the Taste of Asheville at Pack Square and the Pritchard Park food vendors. Taste of Asheville features many local restaurants.
For music lovers, choose from 40 bands on four stages: ArtOfficial ~ Aunt Martha ~ Balsam Range ~ Blackberry Smoke ~ BoomBox ~ Boys in the Well ~ Brandi Carlile ~ Crazy Horse & Colston ~ David Holt ~ David Mayfield Parade ~ David Wax Museum ~ Delta Rae ~ Doc Aquatic ~ Dr. Dog ~ Ethan Andrew McMahan ~ Grown Up Avenger Stuff ~ Inner Visions ~ Jody Medford & Cash Creek ~ Jonathan Scales Fourchestra ~ Kovacs & the Polar Bear ~ Lacy Green ~ Larry Keel ~ Lorraine Conard Band ~ Los Amigos Invisibles ~ Lucero ~ Lyric ~ Michael Reno Harrell ~ Papa Grows Funk ~ Randall Bramblett ~ Sanctum Sully ~ Spicy Moustache & the Flavor Saviors ~ stephaniesid ~ Tennessee Hollow ~ The Archrivals ~ The Buchanan Boys ~ The Critters ~ The Swayback Sisters ~ The Travis Smith Project ~ Whitney Moore ~ Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Pets are not allowed within the festival boundaries. Alcoholic beverages are available on Friday and Saturday. The festival is free to attend. Many downtown area parking lots offer paid parking. There is also a shuttle from the Asheville Mall parking area for $2.
For more information, see our Bele Chere Festival Guide.